« This weapon, used by Special Forces snipers of both the US Army and US Navy, is a heavily modified precision version of the M4 Carbine. SPR initially stood for ‘Special Purpose Receiver' (an M4 SOPMOD accessory), but since the weapon became a complete system, this has been changed to ‘Special Purpose Rifle.' This type was classified by the Navy as the Mk 12 and the Army now also uses this designation. This sharpshooter rifle features a scope capable of up to 10x magnification.
Armoury Description

Mk12 SPR 5.56 mm
Faction USMC
Type Designated Marksman Rifle
Caliber 5.56×45 mm NATO
Variants None
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The Mk12 SPR (full name: Mark 12 Special Purpose Rifle) is a 5.56 mm designated marksman rifle that is exclusively used by USMC Force Recon in ArmA 2.

Overview Edit

The Mk12 SPR is a gas operated marksman rifle with a rotating bolt that is chambered to fire the 5.56×45 mm NATO round.

It primarily loads from 20 round STANAG magazines, is capable of achieving a top fire rate of up to 667 rounds per minute, and has a muzzle velocity of 930 m/s. The Mk12 SPR is only available in a single model that is fitted with a sniper scope that has a magnification strength range of 10x and does not support any sound suppressors.

Exclusively utilised by USMC Force Recon marksmen, the Mk12 SPR combines the compact profile of an assault rifle with that of a dedicated designated marksman rifle. Unlike its heavier 7.62 mm counterparts, the Mk12 SPR has lower recoil and is also a semi-automatic weapon. This means that it lacks the forced delay between shots that other DMRs have, meaning its fire rate is solely dependent on how fast the operator pulls the trigger.

The user can also share ammunition with other members of the squad using 5.56 mm assault rifles like the M4A1, as even though it is only meant to load 20 round STANAG magazines, the Mk12 SPR is able to load 30 round STANAGs in addition to G36-type plastic magazines. Contrast this to 7.62 mm DMRs which require their own separate magazines, and therefore leave the user with the risk of running out of ammunition should they be unable to resupply in the middle of combat.

However, this usage of 5.56 mm ammunition is also the main downside to the Mk12 SPR. Compared to the DMR used by regular USMC squads, the Mk12 SPR has a relatively short range of just 600 metres. In addition, because 5.56 mm tends to suffer from damage drop-off the further the round travels, this results in the Mk12 SPR being a somewhat underpowered marksman rifle that is only good for medium-ranged firefights.

Trivia Edit

  • The ArmA 2 Mk12 SPR appears to be based on the "Mod 0" variant, as it uses a continuous upper rail and lacks the "SOPMOD" stock found on real "Mod 1" models of the Mk12 SPR.
    • On the other hand, the Mk12 SPR's optical scope is based on the "Mark 4 M3LR" riflescope designed by Leupold Optics.

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